Posted by: livingscripture | June 26, 2010

Twelfth Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 In vain they ask their mothers, ‘Where is the grain?”  As they faint away like the wounded in the streets of the city, and breathe their last in their mothers’ arms.

                                                  Lamentations 2: 12

 How should we live this Word

 Israel is living one of the worst moments of its history.  Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had besieged Jerusalem and been victorious.  He had deported the majority of its inhabitants.  Those who remain are lost and miserable.  The author of Lamentations expresses all this in the literary form of a funeral dirge.  Death dominates the streets.  The sacred author interprets death as the fruit of the people’s abandonment of God, the nth time of their infidelity to the faithful God.

 What we find timely in these sacred words is this.  Even today humanity forgets the Lord and finds death.  A great part of humanity lives the drama of material hunger because of the evil distribution of goods.  But the other part lives the tragedy of meaninglessness.  ‘Where is the wheat?’  The question has existential value.  It is as though human beings today, especially the youth, cry out to those who brought them into the world, ‘Who will sate my hunger for justice, for truth, for goodness, for love, for those things that are the only ones that matter?  Who will respond to this cry?

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, without becoming depressed, I will gaze on the historic horizon in which I live.  I will listen in my heart to the young especially, who ask for true spiritual nourishment even in their recklessness.  I will ask myself if the truth that I possess can be given to others.

 Lord Jesus, You said that whoever eats Your Bread has eternal life even now.  Help me to interiorize the Bread of the Word and of the Eucharist so that Your life may be vibrant in me and I may become a witness for others.

 The voice of Madeleine Delbrel, witness and martyr of our times

 If some say that ‘God is dead’ in my city and other cities, if some Christians have been responsible for this, knowingly or not, it is because I am the one living today; I am the one responsible for it.  The Christians of all times are one thing alone.  I am not the only Christian alive.  What will the others and I do?

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